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Masters Champ Charl Schwartzel Joins SHO Field

on 12 March 2012.

Reigning Masters champion Charl Schwartzel will return to the Shell Houston Open.

Charl Schwartzel finished T30 at last year's Shell Houston Open.Charl Schwartzel finished T30 at last year's Shell Houston Open.Currently ranked No. 6 in the World Golf Rankings, Schwartzel is the third reigning major champion in the field for the SHO, to be played March 29-April 1 at Redstone Golf Club’s Tournament Course.

Tournament Director Steve Timms also announced commitments from three more former major winners and another former SHO champion. The South African trio of Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British Open), Ernie Els (two U.S. Opens and a British Open) and Retief Goosen (two U.S. Opens) join 2010 SHO winner Anthony Kim on the latest list.

PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley (ranked 20th in the World) and British Open champ Darren Clarke are the other reigning major championship winners set to tee it up for the SHO.

Schwartzel, who birdied the last four holes to shoot past Rory McIlroy at Augusta National last year, is making his third SHO appearance. His best finish was a tie for third in 2010.

Defending SHO champion Phil Mickelson is also on the latest list. Mickelson, No. 13 and winner of the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is making his fifth consecutive Houston appearance. Other high profile players in the field include: No. 3 Lee Westwood of England; No. 10 Hunter Mahan; No. 17 Graeme McDowell of Ireland, the 2010 U.S. Open champion; 2003 SHO winner Fred Couples; and 2012 SONY Open winner Johnson Wagner, the 2008 SHO champ. Padraig Harrington of Ireland, winner of two British Opens and one PGA Championship, is scheduled to make his sixth straight appearance.

Players have until March 23 (the Friday before tournament week) to commit or withdraw from the Shell Houston Open. The starting field will be 144 players. A player, not otherwise eligible, could earn an invitation to The Masters by winning in Houston.

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